Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 25, 2016

Andy Whitcomb

Tips for Cold Air Exposure for Anglers. And Fish!

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If you live in northern states, there may be enough safe ice for some ice fishing opportunities. If you’ve never tried it, this is an odd activity, braving the cold and sitting on a bucket, peering down a hole… but it can be FUN. However, before venturing out, consider these tips regarding exposure to cold air. For the Anglers Start Warm. There is an old saying, “start warm, stay warm.” If you are already shivering…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
January 20, 2016

Tom Keer

Ice Fishing Electronics: Spot What You Got

Fish caught with aid of ice fishing electronics.

Go big or go home, and ice fishing electronics are one way to help.  They’re winter’s version of polarized glasses used in the summer that show ice anglers what lurks below the water’s surface.  A view of what’s under the ice is pretty cool and very interesting.  But there is a practical side to this kind of technology: ice fishing electronics can help you catch more and bigger fish.  Here are three types of ice…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 18, 2016

Andy Whitcomb

Ice Fishing for Smelt

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Well, winter has finally arrived in the northeast and my precious open water on lakes is almost gone. As I grumble and begin to sort and organize my ice fishing stuff, I can’t deny that I am looking forward to the opportunity to go ice fishing for, of all fish, the smelt. Benefits of Smelt Fishing Rainbow smelt are slender and small: 7-8 inches long and weighing just a few ounces. About the size of…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 11, 2016

Andy Whitcomb

Best Ice Fishing Rod and Reel Combos

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The criteria for selecting the best ice fishing rod and reel combos differ from combos for open water. The main reason is that there is NO casting involved; just drop the bait or lure down a hole. Another way to measure an ice fishing combo is the “action.” What species you are targeting, the rod sensitivity, and how much and where it bends can affect your fishing success on hard water. Here are some things…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
January 10, 2016

Debbie Hanson

What To Know About Using An Ice Fishing Rod Holder

Ice Fishing Rod Holder

If you’re relatively new to the experience of ice fishing, you might wonder about using an ice fishing rod holder. After all, isn’t it sort of like cheating if you aren’t holding the rod and don’t have the opportunity to “feel” the bite? The answer to that question is certainly subject to opinion and can depend on how much time you plan to spend on the ice. There are a few things you should know…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 16, 2015

Tom Keer

4 Cleats for Ice Fishing Safety

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        As anglers, some ice fishing products catch fish while other products catch fishermen.  Ice augers, tip ups, jigging rods, warm clothing, and ladles are must have items.  I wouldn’t go fishing without a Swedish Pimple or a curly-tailed jig, but I have a tackle box full of items I could do without. Ice fishing cleats or spikes? They’re at the top of my list. Life Lesson in Ice Fishing Safety For decades I…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
December 11, 2015

Debbie Hanson

7 Ways to Switch Up Your Ice Fishing Jigs For More Action

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You just can’t figure it out. You were catching panfish like crazy on ice fishing jigs of a certain color and size an hour ago. Then, all of a sudden, the bite seemed to have turned off. At this point, you can either take a few minutes to think about how to tempt the fish back into biting or pack it up and head indoors. If you’ve been looking forward to a day of ice…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
September 9, 2015

Tom Keer

Freshwater Fishing: Fall Madness

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  I love freshwater fishing in the fall because in a lot of ways I am similar to the fish. I eat more in anticipation of the cold winter.  Football was my #1 sport, and the cooler temperatures made me more aggressive.  And there is a shot at catching a big fish, which resembles me after I pack on some extra pounds.  Some fall fishing tips to catch more fish when the leaves start to…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
February 16, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Ice Fishing Exposed.

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The amount of ice fishing gear depends on your location, weather conditions, and how much you want to be on the ice. For my early ice fishing adventures, I would take only the gear and supplies that would fit in a 5 gallon bucket, and which then would double as a seat. Even though dressed warmly, my fishing days were limited to “nice” weather, with minimal wind. Plus when fishing this exposed, everyone on the…




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Posted by: Bruna Carincotte
February 10, 2015

Innovative Ice Fishing Tools to Enhance Your Adventure

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Ice fishing is a fun outdoor activity, and with the aid of advanced “tools of the trade” can result in a successful catch. But before venturing out, make sure to do your homework. Having a good contour map will help you to find depth changes and drop offs that might hold fish. Check online for contour maps, and print out a map of the lake you plan to fish. Then stop by at a local…




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